The first official US stamps were issued in 1847, depicting Benjamin Franklin and George Washington (5 and 10 cents). These were followed by 50 years worth of highly collectible 19th Century US Stamps, including an imperforated series in the 1850s, special Civil War stamps, bank note stamps, the first pictorial issues in 1869 (featuring images other than US leaders), and the first US commemorative stamps, issued in conjunction with the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

There was also a set of special re-printings in 1875, meant specifically for stamp collectors.


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Nystamps Us Stamp # 278 Mint With Gum H $2000Nystamps Us Stamp # 39 Mint With Gum H $3000Us 90c Perf 15 1857-61 Sc 39 H Cat Value $3000Us $2 Bureau, Watermark "usps" - Madison 1895 Sc 277 Nh Cat Value $2900Us 1861-66 Portrait, Perf 12 5c Red-brown #75 Mint Lh Cat Val $5750Nystamps Us Stamp # 72 Mint Og H $3250 AppearUs 1895 Bureau, Watermarked - Madison $2 Bright Blue #277 Mint Nh Cat Val $2900Us 1847 Imperf 5c Dark Brown #1a Mint H Cat Val $8750Usa 1893 Columbian Exposition Mint Mounted $5 Black CertificateUs 1893 Columbian Lh $5 Sc 245 Cat $2400Nystamps Us Stamp # 276 Mint With Gum H $600Us $3 Columbian 1893 Sc 243 Nh Cat Value $4750U.s. #263 Rare Mint - $5.00 Marshall. Unwmkd ($4,500)Us 1898 Trans-mississippi Nh $2 Sc 293 Cat $6000Nystamps Us Stamp # 243 Mint Og H $1600Us 1851-57 Imperf 12c Black #17 Mint H Cat Val $6250Nystamps Us Stamp # 241 Mint With Gum H $1100Us 30c Pictorial 1875 Sc 131 H Cat Value $2500Us 1857-61 Type I 5c Brick-red #27 Mint H Cat Val $80000U.s. #241 Mint - 1893 $1.00 Columbian ($1,100)Nystamps Us Stamp # 243 Mint With Gum H $1600Ckstamps: Us Stamps Collection Scott#119 15c Pictorial Unused Regum SignedUs 12c Imperf 1851-57 Sc 17 H Cat Value $6250U.s. #30 Scarce Mint - 5c Orange Brown, Ty Ii ($1,250)Nystamps Us Stamp # 38 Mint With Gum H $2150Us Stamps # 33 Fvf Dist Og H Scott Value $6,000.00Us 1893 Columbian H $1 Sc 241 Cat $1100Us Stamps # 291 Avg Full Og Vlh Strong Color Scott Value $600.00Nystamps Us Stamp # 123 Mint With Gum H $550Us 1847 Imperf 10c Black #2 Mint H Cat Val $35000U.s. #292 Unused Beauty - 1898 $1.00 Trans-mississippi ($800)Us 1869 Pictorial 15c Brown And Blue #119 Mint H Cat Val $3250U.s. #291 Mint - 1898 50c Trans-mississippi ($600)Us 50c Columbian 1893 Sc 240 Nh Cat Value $1450Us Stamps # 97 Vf Full Og H Scott Value $3,000.00Us 1c Type Iv 1851-57 Sc 9 Lh Cat Value $750Us 10c Portrait 1861-67 Sc 68 H Cat Value $1000U.s. #37 Scarce Mint - 24c Lilac ($1,500)Nystamps Us Stamp # 24 Mint With Gum H $140[66] Usa 1869 Scott#119 Mint No Gum Cv:$1,250 **very Fresh Colors**U.s. #242 Unused Vf - 1893 $2.00 Columbian ($525)Nystamps Us Stamp # 242 Mint Og H $1150 CertificateUs 1870-71 Banknote, H. Grill 7c Vermilion #138 Mint H Cat Val $4250U.s. #251 Scarce Mint Nh W/cert - 2c Carmine, Type Ii ($1,100)Us 1894 Bureau, No Watermark 50c Orange #260 Mint Nh Cat Val $1500Us 1870 Banknote, I. Grill 2c Red Brown #135a Mint Lh Cat Val $2000Nystamps Us Stamp # 113 Mint Og H $550Ckstamps: Us Stamps Collection Scott#63 1c Franklin Mint Nh Og With Pse CertUs Stamps # 102 F + Og H Scott Value $800.00Us Stamp:#o69 P3 $5 Green State 1873 Official Plate Proof On India Private PerfScott #40 Bright Blue Reprint Ngai Choice Centering - SoundCkstamps: Us Stamps Collection Scott#240 $1 Columbian Unused Lh RegumUsa 1867 Mint Mounted 30c Orange Yellow Grill 9 X 13Us Stamps # 68a Fvf Full Og Neat Hinge Scott Value $1,300.00Us Stamps # 145 Xf Dist Og Lh Deep Color Scott Value $675.00Nystamps Us Stamp # 291 Mint With Gum H $625Us Stamps # 287 Xf Og H Deep Color Thin Scott Value $110.00Ckstamps: Us Stamps Collection Scott#240 50c Columbian Mint Og Gum Bend Cv$500Sb1 Stamps - Pretty 1867 30c Franklin, F Grill; Sc. 100; Vf/rgNystamps Us Stamp # 71 Mint With Gum H $2600